With more than 140 vineyards and 70 wineries, Hawke’s Bay is quite literally wine country. The many cellar doors located throughout this region give visitors the opportunity to match sensational wines with equally delightful local delicacies. The region’s reputation as a leader in food and wine production comes from its warm climate, which allows for various produce to be in season all year round. Spring is best for strawberries, while summer is the time for mouth wateringly juicy stone fruit. Autumn is the season for ripe pears and avocados and winter provides the perfect climate for citrus fruits and vegetables. The many local farmers’ markets allow you the opportunity to discuss the finer details of the local produce directly with the growers, and each year the region hosts an array of concerts, wine festivals and sporting events.